November 28, 2014
Meet the people who get the best seat at the Air Races. For the past several decades the Sweeney family has been judging on what is called, the pylon.
"We have three generations of my family out here and I've been doing this over 30 years," says David Sweeney.
Here's how it works . . . a tall pole marks the boundaries of where the planes can lap.
"We insure the planes are above and outside the pylon each time they go around," Sweeney says.
When the planes lap, depending on the model (or class), they can reach speeds of more than 500 miles per hour.
And when you're only what seems like a few feet away from the birds . . .it can be an amazing experience.
"It's overwhelming and especially for the people who are fortunate to come to the pylon," says pylon coordinator John Manfredi.
Those people being the judges, coordinators, and professional photographers from all over the world.
It's a front row seat no one complains about.
Says one: "This is a good place to be no doubt."
If you haven't checked out this year's Air races, you still have the chance. Just head out to the Reno-Stead Airport tomorrow.